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Monday reading: Timar invaluable to Falcons; CC radio show; DU in Pairwise; weekly polls; Parker retires

Published: March 11, 2013, 9:49 pm, by Joe Paisley

Timar MUGAir Force junior Ryan Timar provides a spark whether it is late in the third period or during dryland training last August.

“He works his butt off on and off the ice and he is a leader on and off as well,” said sophomore defenseman Dan Weisenhofer. “He brings a lot of energy to everything he does. He sets a precedent on the effort that is expected.”

Timar (11 points, 6 goals in 33 games) plays a large role as a defensive forward, playing a lot on the penalty kill and when Air Force (17-11-7) is trying to protect a lead late.

“He does a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff you need and he is on the ice in key situations,” coach Frank Serratore said.

That effort comes from humility.

“I always knew I wasn’t the most talented guy,” Timar said. “I knew I could bring hard work and effort and help the team out best that way. I was more of a scorer when I was younger but the hard work and effort was a constant. I think that is what Frank saw and why he recruited me.”

The final CC radio show of the seasonĀ  is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at McCabe’s Tavern in downtown Colorado Springs.

Denver, CC’s opponent in this weekend’s playoff series is tied for fifth in the Pairwise rankings, making the Pioneers a very likely at-large NCAA team, even if they do not advance past the Tigers.

That may not be the worst thing. In 2004, CC swept DU at Magness and the Pioneers had a week off and then went on to win the first of two NCAA championships in a row. The Denver Post talks about why DU wants to advance to the WCHA Final Five regardless.

In contrast, CC is tied for 31st and must win the Final Five championships to get the WCHA’s automatic qualifier.

Quinnipiac remains No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll, where Air Force picked up a few votes, and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine rankings.

Boston University coach Jack Parker will retire after this season, ending a 40-year run at his alma mater.